In a county with , EV drivers can soon add a specialized service center this fall, according to Tesla Motors.
The Palo Alto-based company that manufactures high-end, all-electric cars plans to open its first Bay Area service center at 470 DuBois St. in San Rafael this fall. Tesla currently has 18 service centers in North America, a number which the company hopes to double in the next three months, according to spokeswoman Shanna Hendriks.
"We have a large following of customers in the Bay Area," she said, although she could not give a number for the amount of Tesla enthusiasts in Marin.
Tesla was founded in 2003, and their first Roadster hit the pavement in 2008. Now, more than 2,300 Roadsters drive emissions-free in more than 37 countries and the company is working on their Model S. Their vehicles range from $50,000 to almost $100,000.
In July 2012, the company delivered 10 new vehicles to owners. To date, they produced 100 cars this year, Hendriks said.
"Customers in Marin are going to see a service center that will be unique," she said. "It will be clean and inviting and unlike any other."
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